Bush's First Bin Laden Interview: 'A Sense of Closure'

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As the tenth anniversary of 9/11 approaches, George Bush has decided to share his thoughts--and he'll be doing so in an interview with the National Geographic Channel. The Hollywood Reporter has the exclusive on excerpts from the interview, which was filmed days after the killing of Osama bin Laden in May and will air on August 28th. "I didn't…feel any great sense of happiness. Or jubilation," Bush reportedly says in the interview. "I felt a sense of closure. And I felt a sense of gratitude that justice had been done." The Reporter also details the back-and-forth negotiations between interviewer Peter Schnall and the ex-decider:

After four months of back-and-forth, Bush agreed to the interview. He did not ask to see questions in advance, nor did he request final approval over the film – which would have been a deal breaker, says Schnall. "We would never allow that." The only condition was that the interview would be limited to the days and events surrounding Sept. 11, 2001.

When Schnall heard the news of bin Laden's death, he thought: "Oh no he's either going to cancel the interview because he's going to run off to Washington or he's going to start talking to everybody.' And to our surprise, that didn’t happen." It definitely didn't: if you recall, Bush stayed relatively quiet after the killing of bin Laden, he issued a brief statement of support, but declined to join President Obama at the World Trade Center site to mark the milestone.

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